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The Regional Planning Commission for Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes, is a 54 member board of local elected officials and citizen members, appointed to represent you on regional issues. This board is supported by a staff of 18 professionals with broad experience, and doctorates or masters degrees, in a variety of areas including urban and regional planning, community development, economics, engineering, government, history, law, landscape architecture, political science, sustainable development, transportation, geography and other disciplines.

Regional Planning Commission seeks Transportation Planner

The Regional Planning Commission, the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the New Orleans, Slidell, Mandeville-Covington, and Hammond-Ponchatoula metropolitan areas in Louisiana is looking for an individual with the ability to work in a fast paced, progressive environment while balancing multiple priorities with a collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach for the position of Transportation Planner. The position requires the technical expertise to assist senior staff members develop and implement objectives, goals, policies, and priorities for the Commission's various planning activities.

This is a professional position involving work with transportation issues as they relate to regional comprehensive planning and development. Work is performed under the supervision of the Principal Planner or Senior Planner, however, the employee must be able to work independently and be a self-starter.

The qualified individual will represent the Commission with contractors, developers, planners, engineers, government boards and agencies, and the general public. The ideal candidate is one with a strong commitment to provide superior service to both internal and external customers.

The candidate will work with Commission Members, Parish/City Administrations, staff, developers, other agency personnel and neighborhood and community groups to develop traffic and transportation program goals and implement improvements to the transportation network. Previous work or extensive coursework in Transportation, Land Use Planning, Geographic Information Systems, and Public Administration is highly desirable.

The Commission expects strong communication, problem-solving and teamwork skills as well as exceptional technical skills and a strong desire to learn.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master's Degree in Planning or Public Administration, with an emphasis on Transportation Planning; or a Bachelors' Degree with two years of practical work experience in the field of transportation planning or related discipline, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Master's Degree in Planning or Public Administration, with an emphasis on Transportation Planning; or a Bachelors' Degree with two years of practical work experience in the field of transportation planning or related discipline, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

A Criminal Background check will be conducted and employment eligibility verification via the federal government's E-Verify system on all new hires. Prospective employees may be subject to pre-employment drug testing.

Salary Range: $42,000 - $52,000 annually, DOQ, with a competitive benefits package. Submittals and Closing Dates: This position is open until filled with a preliminary review of resumes scheduled for August 6, 2018. Resumes will be accepted at the Regional Planning Commission, 10 Veterans Blvd., New Orleans Louisiana 70124 or via email at until the position is filled. Please send questions concerning this position to the same email address.

For more information about the postition please click here

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Belle Chasse Bridge and Tunnel Public Meeting:

      LA 23: Belle Chasse Bridge & Tunnel (HBI), Environmental Assessment
      State Project No. H.004791
      Federal Aid Project No. DE-3806(500)
      RPC Contract No. BCTunnel

The Regional Planning Commission invites citizens to attend a community open house meeting on the proposed replacement of the Belle Chasse Tunnel and Bridge.

  • Date/Time: Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 5:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Location: Belle Chasse Auditorium, 8398 LA Highway 23, Belle Chasse, LA

For the full public notice click here. You can also contact Jason Sappington at 504-483-8507, or at, for more information.

The Regional Planning Commission June 2018 Newsletter is now available. Topics in this edition include:

  • RPC Launches Safe Streets For Everyone, Transportation Safety Campaign for Orleans Parish
  • Community Revitalization Begins in New Claiborne Corridor Cultural Innovation District
  • Parish Partners Promote Actions to Reduce Local Emissions
  • Adoption of Fiscal Year 2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Program for Urbanized Areas
  • Upcoming meetings, events, and more!

  • Click here to access the newsletter. To sign up for our email distribution list, please contact Courtney Young at

The FY Year 2019 - 2022 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is available

The FY-19-22 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the New Orleans, Slidell, Mandeville-Covington, and Tangipahoa Parish urbanized areas were approved on May 8, 2018. They are now available to view and download.

New Orleans Region TIP ( 2018-2022)
St. Tammany Region TIP (2018-2022)
Tangipahoa Region TIP (2018-2022)

RPC Promotes Life-Saving Programs and Infrastructure Improvements at Louisiana's Highway Safety Summit

Louisiana is on a mission to reach Destination Zero Deaths . In order to get there, collaboration between Enforcement, Emergency Services, Engineering, and Education (the four E's) is critical. To facilitate the exchange of ideas and national best practices, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) held their biennial Destination Zero Deaths Highway Safety Summit. North Shore Regional Safety Coalition Coordinator Nelson Hollings participated in a panel of top safety experts to emphasize the importance of data-driven highway safety initiatives such as the Stop the Knock program which aims to reduce vehicle fatalities in Louisiana.

The State of Louisiana Submits Proposal for Alternative Fuel Corridor Designation

As part of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act and to improve the mobility of alternative fuel vehicles, the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) requested states to nominate Alternative Fuel Corridors with plug-in electric vehicle charging, propane, compressed and liquefied natural gas (CNG and LNG), and hydrogen fueling along interstates. Louisiana, through the Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) submitted a request for alternative fuel corridor designation during the second round of nominations. RPC's Clean Fuel Partnership submitted stations and data from the region and provided feedback on the preliminary map renderings.

2019-2023 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Coming Soon!

The RPC engages in long-term analysis of the economic conditions of the region and works with local partners to develop the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), a five-year strategy used as a policy document to guide EDA funding awards. The CEDS is a data-driven document developed according to EDA criteria and with the guidance of the CEDS Strategy Committee comprised of parish and regional economic development organizations, workforce development providers, entrepreneurial accelerators, and other key providers of assistance to businesses in the region.


2020 Census Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA)

LUCA is the only opportunity offered to tribal, state, and local governments to review and comment on the U.S. Census Bureau's residential address list for their jurisdiction prior to the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau relies on a complete and accurate address list to reach every living quarters and associated population for inclusion in the census. The Census Address List Improvement Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-430) authorizes the LUCA.

RPC has joined the current LUCA count of residential and group quarters to the Census Block Tiger Geography of 2016 for use in GIS.  The entire state of Louisiana can be found in the file below.  Directions to subset your parish are included in the methodology paper

Download 2020 LUCA Census GIS Files
Download URISA Census 2020 FAQ
Download 7-zip (to unzip GIS file)
Download 2020 LUCA Training Powerpoint
View 2020 GUPS Demo Video (MP4)
Download the URISA Geospatial Data Act FAQ


CENSUS 2010: Download GIS files

(PL-171-redistricting data)

Census 2010 parish, tract, block group and block geographies joined with total population, population by race, and housing occupancy data.  These files are formatted as shapefiles for use in GIS software (download is a zipped file).    A methodology paper describing the RPC process of downloading and formatting categorical names and of summarizing race data is available with each download. 
For a quick map view demonstrating demographic changes between 2000 and 2010 please click on the hyperlink below and zoom into your specific area of interest:

NY Times: Mapping the 2010 U.S. Census

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